In the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, member-states unanimously approved a resolution declaring 2019-2028 as the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) The landmark resolution recognized the role of family farmers as catalysts in achieving food security, poverty eradication and in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Upon the declaration of the UNDFF, a Global Action Plan was designed through a global consultation process gathering inputs from all relevant actors around the world about the main challenges, priorities and potential contributions of family farming to sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries at different levels (FAO & IFAD 2019).
This plan is meant to provide detailed guidance for the international community, including local and national governments, parliamentarians, specialized agencies and other relevant bodies of the United Nations, international financial institutions and other international mechanisms, regional bodies, farmers and producer organizations, academic and research institutes, civil society organizations, and small and medium enterprises and the private sector, to achieve the main objectives of the UNDFF outlined in the vision statement (FAO & IFAD 2019, p. 13).
The National Committee for Family Farming (NCFF) is determined by the Global Action Plan as the key mechanism for the UNDFF spearheading the localization of the UNDFF Global Action Plan and its implementation.
Recognizing the opportunity for influencing policies and mobilizing multiple stakeholders on the UNDFF, the members of the CBI 2 platform on Family Farming find it strategic to engage these NCFFs. It would also be significant to connect the work of the ILC- National Engagement Strategy (ILC-NES) platforms in these countries to become part of the NCFF discussions. ILC NES members will act as a key group in formulating and pushing for policy proposals that ensure equitable land distribution and public investments that support family farmers.
At the regional and sub-regional level, the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and its members are also engaging regional and sub-regional bodies namely the regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization in the Asia Pacific region (FAO RAP), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Southeast Asia and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agriculture Center in the South Asia region. Regional and sub-regional action plans are also being developed.
In this regard, the platform agreed to support the following points with respect to the engagement of ILC CBI 2 platform members at the regional level.
- Representation in global, regional, and/or sub-regional consultations relevant to the UNDFF
- Convene ILC Asia members in regional meetings or assemblies for family farming for knowledge exchange and updating of strategies,
- Capacity building programmes in regional meetings or assemblies on an agreed-upon theme on advocacy or technology exchange through field visits
Commitment-based Initiative 2 (CBI 2) focuses on building strong small-scale farming to ensure equitable land distribution and public investment that supports small-scale farming systems. This goal was discussed and agreed upon during a CBI meeting with the ILC Secretariat during the Global Land Forum 2018 held in Bandung, Indonesia, in September 2018. The present initiative is conceived as part of the numerous contributions from different stakeholders to the global process of the UNDFF implementation at the national, regional and global levels.
CBI 2 platform members determined the following outcomes based on the new engagement strategies of the International Land Coalition (ILC):
Changes in Practice
- Formation and/or strengthening of multi-stakeholder platforms of the National Committee for Family Farming (NCFF) in each country within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming
- Knowledge exchange and documentation on farm technology
Changes in Policy
Cultivation of an enabling policy environment for land tenure and sustainable agriculture for family farmers, including women, youth and elderly at national and regional levels. Some of these policy reforms could cover:
- Magna Carta of Family Farmers
- Tenure Security (collective or individual titles, user rights, etc.)
- The succession of ownership of awarded land to family members (especially for women and youth)
- Preventing land conversion to non-agricultural use
- Push for policies/laws regulating land investments
- Policy support to farmers via Agri-coops and sustainable farming
Strengthened Capacity for Transformation
Capacities of ILC network members in promoting the implementation of UNDFF commitments at regional and national levels are strengthened through collecting cases, practices and strategies and sharing in platforms related to UNDFF implementation, such as NES and NCFF.
This platform can support the activities of members on precedent/landmark cases involving Family Farmers through mobilisation, case documentation, advocacy, media work, research, and knowledge management, thereby, enhancing their capacities at promoting UNDFF commitments.
Where we work
Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Philippines
Bangladesh – CDA, ALRD
Cambodia – FNN, Star Kampuchea
India – SARRA, SWADHINA
Indonesia – KPA
Kyrgyzstan - UWUA
Nepal – CSRC, NLRF, CDS
Philippines – CARRD, PAKISAMA, TFM, XSF
Asia – ANGOC